You dont have javascript enabled! Please enable it!
NGO Registration
NGO Registration
NGO Consultancy
NGO Consultancy

The Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women, an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice, advocates for and defends women’s human rights by making grants to support women’s groups around the world.


We are part of global women’s movement that is rooted in a commitment to justice and an appreciation of the value of women’s experience. The challenges women face vary widely across communities, cultures, religions, traditions, and countries. We believe that women should have a full range of choices, and that women themselves know best how to determine their needs and propose solutions for lasting change. The way in which we do our work is as important as what we do. This philosophy is reflected in our flexible, respectful, and responsive style of grant making.

The Global Fund makes grants to seed, support, and strengthen women’s rights groups based outside the United States working to .address human rights issues that include :

> Ending Gender-Based Violence & Building Peace

> Ensuring Economic and Environmental Justice

> Advancing Health and Sexual & Reproductive Rights

> Expanding Civic & Political Participation

> Increasing Access to Education 0 Fostering Social Change Philanthropy


Grant Criteria and Application Form


The Global Fund for Women supports women’s groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. We strengthen women’s groups based outside the United States by providing small, flexible, and timely grants rending from $500 to $20,000 for operating and project expenses. We value local expertise and believe that women themselves know best how to determine their needs and propose solutions for lasting change. The groups we fund address issues that include but are not limited to :

> Building Peace & Ending Gender-Based Violence   > Advancing Health and Sexual & Reproductive Rights   > Expanding Civic & Political Participation   > Ensuring Economic & Environmental Justice

>  Increasing Access to Education   > Fostering Social Change Philanthropy



Please note that your group MUST meet all the following criteria to be eligible for a grant

> It is based in a country outside the United States. We do not find US based organizations.

> It demonstrates a strong commitment to women’s equality and human rights that is clearly reflected in its activities.

> It is a group of women working together. We do not accept requests from individuals.

> It is a governed, directed, and led by women. Women must fill all or most of the leadership roles.



The Global Fund receives 3,000 proposals each year and awards just over 400 grants annually. Unfortunately we cannot offer funding to all the groups that meet the above criteria.


We will give priority to group that ;

> Are just beginning or need initial funding, and which do not have access to funds from larger donor agencies. Groups do not need to be registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to qualify for funding.

> Are working on issues that are difficult or controversial for women to raise in their communities, yet are critical to the realization of women’s human rights.

> Are organized and led by women from particularly marginalized populations, including but not limited to : refugees, rural women, lesbians, sex workers, women with disabilities, and women from ethnic, religious, and cultural minorities.

> Are located seek to include the perspectives of those served by or benefiting from its activities.


In addition, please note that the Global Fund does NOT fund the following :

> Individuals

> Scholarships

> Government entitles

> Groups based and working primarily or only in the US

> International organizations proposing projects with local partners.

> Groups headed and managed by men, or without women in the majority of leadership positions.

> Groups. whose sole purpose is to generate income or to provide charity to individuals.

> Political parties or election campaigns.


Exceptions :

Women-focused projects within mixed-gender organizations may occasionally receive support from the Global Fund if they work with particularly marginalized groups: for example, lesbians within lesbian/ gay/ bisexual/ transgender organizations or women within groups of people with disabilities.



You may submit a request in any language, by e-mail, fax, or post. After you submit a proposal, a notice of receipt will be sent within 3 weeks of its arrival at the Global Fund. There are no proposal deadlines. We accept proposals all year, and we award grants every 3 months. Due to the large volume of requests we receive, it can take up to 6 months to review and/or decline a request.



The Global Fund for Women accepts urgent requests for organizing or attending an event. However, a group may only have one proposal of any type under consideration at a given time. These requests will be considered outside of our normal grant cycle due to their time-sensitive nature. Please note that these types of requests must come from organizations, not individuals, and must be received at least 8 weeks before the event. Funds for these types of grants are very limited. You may use the application on this page, or you may use one of the following shorter applications for these urgent types of requests :

Applying for Grants to Organize Events

Applying for Grants to Travel to Events

> In addition, please note that amount granted may be less than the amount requested if and when an award is made.



Thank you for applying to the Global Fund for Women. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your group. Please briefly answer the following questions so we can better understand your work. Your completed application should not exceed 10 pages. Please do not send us additional materials such as audited financial statements, NGO registration papers, articles of incorporation, organizational by-laws, staff CVs, CD-roms, or videotapes.



> What is the name of your groups ? If you have changed your group’s name recently, also provide the old name.

> Please provide current contact information (mailing address, telephone, fax, e-mail, website). For the mailing address, include the district, state, or province as applicable, as well as the country. For fax and phone numbers, include country and city codes.

> What is your preferred method of communication with us ? (Post, Fax, or E-mail)

> Please share with us the name(s) and titles(s) (e.g., Director, Co-ordinator, etc.) of the leaders) in your group. Please also indicate the gender (male, female, transgender) of the individual.

> Please provide the name and title of the primary contact person for this grant application, if different from # 4. Please also indicate the gender (male, female, transgender) of the individual.

> How did you learn of the Global Fund for Women’s grant making program ? Have you ever applied to the Global Fund before ?



> Grants range from $ 500 to $20,000. What is the total amount of money you are requesting from the Global Fund ? Indicate the currency.

> Please describe how you would use a grant from the Global Fund, including if this request is for a specific project and/or for some of your group’s general operating expenses.

> Please provide a brief budget for your request, and indicate the currency.



> Please tell us about the specific issues, problems, or needs your group addresses.

> Please explain why working on these issues is critical to the advancement of women’s human rights, and describe the context (e.g., social, political, cultural) of these specific issues in your community or region.



> Please tell us when and why was your group formed, and by whom.

> What is mission of your group, and how does it relate to the issues you seek to address ?

> Please describe three to five major accomplishments of your group since it began.

> Briefly describe the main activities of your group. Be specific.

Please tell us about the types of women you serve, work with or support.



> What is the structure of your organization ? Please describe your staff, board, advisors, volunteers, and members, including their roles.

>  Which of the leadership positions in your organization are filled by women, and which are filled by men ? Please be specific.

> Are the women/girls who benefit from your group’s activities represented in the leadership or decision-making of your group?



> Does your group attempt to influence legislation or public policy ? If so, how ?

> Does your group recommend or work for the election of any specific political candidates ?



> How much money did your group spend overall LAST year, including all projects and all operating/ administrative expenses ? Please give one total figure as well as a breakdown by major categories of expenses. Please also indicate the currency.

> How much money does your group plan to spend overall THIS year, including all projects and all operating/administrative expenses ? Please give one total figure as well as a breakdown by major categories of expenses. Please also indicate the currency. Does the total figure for this year’s budget include the amount your are requesting from the Global Fund ?

Please list your group’s major sources of funding.



> If you work with any other women’s groups in your community or country who know your work well, please provide contact information for one or two.

> If you have received funding from any international donors, please provide us with contact information for one or two.

Welcome to the Asia and Oceania Portfolio

Thank you for your interest in the Global Fund for Women. You have chosen India.

To apply for a grant, please read our grant criteria and respond to our application guidelines. If you want to apply for support to organize a meeting or attend a conference, please see our conference request forms.

If you would like to submit a proposal by e-mail and your organization is located in Asia or the Pacific, e-mail [email protected]


The Global Fund for Women

1375 Sutler Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

Tel: (415) 202-7640, Fax: (415) 202-8604, Website: